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A Research Handbook
Second Edition

Edited by Walter W. Powell and Richard Steinberg

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The second edition of The Nonprofit Sector provides a novel, comprehensive, cross-disciplinary perspective on nonprofit organizations and their role and function in society. This new, updated edition keeps pace with industry trends and advances as well as with the changing interests and needs of students, practitioners, and researchers. As before, every chapter has been written to stand on its own, providing sufficient background for the reader to follow the argument without referring to other chapters—allowing readers to selectively choose those chapters that are most relevant to a particular course, interest, or issue. 

The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook includes twenty-seven new or updated chapters. Relevant chapters from the previous edition have been refined, and new chapters have been added to fill in gaps, making this the authoritative reference for all who want an accessible, perceptive, and all-inclusive rendering of the nonprofit sector. The contributors—prominent scholars in their respective fields—carefully reflect upon the variety of changes in the rapidly growing world of nonprofits, examining a wide array of organizations, international issues, social science theories, and philanthropic traditions and covering a broad range of topics including the history and scope of nonprofit activities in the United States and abroad, the relation of nonprofits to the marketplace, government-nonprofit issues, key activities of nonprofits, aspects of giving to and joining nonprofits, and nonprofit mission and governance. For anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, this remains the essential guide.

From reviews of the first edition:

"[This book] is the closest thing to a 'bible' of nonprofit sector research and state-of-the-art social science knowledge as currently exists."—Dennis R. Young, Public Administration Review

"Invaluable to anyone currently engaged in research or policy decisions involving nonprofit organizations or, for that matter, considering becoming involved.”—Jerald Schiff, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

"An exceptionally useful resource.”—Mark D. Hughes, The Philanthropist

Walter W. Powell is professor of education and (by courtesy) organizational behavior, sociology, and communications at Stanford University. He is also an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. Richard Steinberg is professor of economics, philanthropic studies, and public affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

“This new handbook [establishes] the benchmark of theory and research on the nonprofit sector. . . . an invaluable resource for anyone who works in non-profits or studies them.”—Stanley Katz, Princeton University

"A superb volume worthy of the reputation of the original. . . . The book is enjoyable, informative, and insightful; compact in its explications of broad areas of knowledge; invaluable as a reference and teaching text; and certainly indicative of the many new contours to our understanding of nonprofit organizations."—Dennis R. Young and Nicholas Harvey, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

"In this second edition of The Nonprofit Sector, Walter W. Powell and Richard Steinberg attempt to bridge the thorny gap between academic reward systems and meeting an organization payroll. . . . [It] presents a rich array of high-quality essays that illuminate the most significant developments in a highly readable and usable manner. . . . Peter Dobkin Hall's 400-year magisterial sweep of philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations is worth the book's purchase price in and of itself. . . . For a practitioner who also serves as an adjunct faculty member and teaches nonprofit leadership to undergraduates. this book assuredly contains a wealth of current nonprofit research that should also satisfy even the most grizzled academic veteran."—Lee Harper and Michael Bisesi, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

"The authoritative reference."—Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice Magazine
ISBN: 9780300109030
Publication Date: November 1, 2006
672 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
31 line cuts
Private Action and the Public Good

Edited by Walter W. Powell and Elisabeth S. Clemens

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